Former University of Kentucky basketball guard Dirk...

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May 20, 1992

Former University of Kentucky basketball guard Dirk Minniefield has said he received $100,000 a year in "tax-free money" while he was a player at the school. Minniefield made the comment during an interview telecast Monday in an Arts and Entertainment Network feature about the facade of amateurism in athletics.

The taped interview was made at the Fayette (Ky.) County Detention Center, where Minniefield was com- Sports briefly

pleting a one-year sentence for writing bad checks. He was released from jail Friday.

Minniefield, 31, who played at Kentucky from 1980 to 1983, said he made the money from selling books of season tickets, summer jobs and other sources. Minniefield said his parents never saw him play for the Wildcats until the final game of his career. "I'd tell them to watch it on TV because I done sold the tickets," Minniefield said. "I had to. I was living off campus in a nice place." Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton said he had no comment on Minniefield's claims.

Pro basketball

Rudy Tomjanovich, who took over the struggling Houston Rockets as interim coach last February, will be named head coach today, it was reported. KRIV-TV in Houston said Tomjanovich, who replaced fired coach Don Chaney on Feb. 18, would sign a three-year contract.

Shaquille O'Neal issued a statement yesterday indicating he was receptive to playing for the Orlando Magic, which won the NBA's draft lottery for the No. 1 pick. O'Neal, a 7-foot-1 center, passed up his final year of eligibility at Louisiana State. Earlier reports had said O'Neal didn't want to play for the Magic.

College baseball

Officials from the nation's two predominantly black NCAA Division I conferences are questioning the computer selection process for the 48-team national championship tournament. The Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference -- which includes Coppin State, Morgan State and UMES -- are among seven leagues without automatic bids to this year's tournament.

The SWAC, which lost its automatic bid in 1990, hasn't been represented in the 48-team field since 1989. The MEAC never has had an automatic bid, nor has any of its members been given an at-large position in the tournament. Southern University was overlooked despite winning the SWAC title with a 31-12 record.

Olympics

Pleas by Olympic officials to close a controversial exhibit of a stuffed African tribesman during the Summer Games will be rejected, the vice mayor of Banyoles, Spain, said. Barcelona Olympic organizers sent a letter Monday to Banyoles officials expressing IOC concerns about "El Negro," a stuffed black man holding a spear on display at the Darder Museum of Natural History since 1918. Banyoles, a town about 70 miles northeast of Barcelona, will be the site of Olympic rowing events.

Lacrosse

High school boys and girls all-star teams from the Baltimore area will compete Friday in the 11th Lacrosse for Leukemia at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. At 6 p.m., an Association of Independent Schools team will meet all-stars from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties in the girls game. The boys game, at 8 p.m., will feature all-stars from the Maryland Scholastic Association against all-stars from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties. Tickets are $6 at the gate, with all proceeds going for research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Additional money raised will aid leukemia patients by paying for their drugs and transportation.

* The athletic department at Johns Hopkins University has a limited amount of tickets available for the lacrosse Final Four this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. Tickets can be purchased today and Thursday by calling (410) 516-7490.

Golf

John Daly, last year's PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and GTE Byron Nelson Classic champion Billy Ray Brown have committed to play in the Kemper Open on May 28-31 at TPC-Avenel in Potomac.

* Western Maryland College junior Jeff Dierks was in 25th place ** out of 120 players after the first round of the NCAA Division III championship in Wooster, Ohio. Dierks shot a 4-over-par 76. David Pierce of Ramapo (N.J.) College leads the field with a 71.

Tennis

Boris Becker withdrew from the French Open because of an injured muscle in his right thigh. Becker dropped out of last week's Italian Open because of the problem.

* Petr Korda upset Wimbledon champion Michael Stich, 6-2, 6-3, as Czechoslovakia swept Germany, 3-0, at the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany. France beat Switzerland, 2-1, on victories by Guy Forget and Henri Leconte.

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